Pregnancy is common to all women. What is unique about their pregnancy is their labor. Each woman has a difference in their labor. Unlike what most of us have in mind about labors, is that it suddenly starts with a sudden force. But all that is shown on television and films are not really the ways of a labor to start. It is usually less dramatic in reality.
No one including the doctor is sure of what exactly cause labor to happen. It is a natural process. The initial indications of labor to start are the softening of the cervix. But this process cannot be felt by you. Your obstetrician will tell you about it after checking.
Your cervix must be 100% effaced for you to have a vaginal delivery. Your cervix can also get diluted and start to open up slowly. This is measured by your or health care provider in centimeters of 0-10. The rate of dilation may vary from woman to woman. It can be a slow process initially, but will be faster once your labor begins.
When you are pregnant a thick mucous plug clogs the cervical aperture to prevent any bacteria from entering it. When the cervix opens, this plug is unclogged resulting in the discharge of this mucous. It is mostly accompanied with some amount of blood. This can be an indication for the labor to start, but there is no assurance. The labor may start days after it is unplugged.
You then have a sudden spurt of energy! When you get up in the morning you may want to get into those nooks and corners of your house and make your house dust free. You may also want to organize the kitchen or you may want to arrange the baby’s nursery or clothes. This sudden outburst of energy is called Nesting. The cause of this is not exactly known but it is believed that this is a sign that you can bear the physical strain that you would need for a safer delivery. Nesting can occur months before your due date of delivery but will reach the height just a few days before your delivery.
Water break or the rupturing of membranes is what happens next. This is the membrane filled with amniotic fluid. This may break days before your contractions. Timing is of utmost importance once the water breaks.
You finally begin with your labor pain which is caused by the contractions. The contractions need to be regular and if not medical help is needed. These can last for a maximum of 90 seconds. You can have false alarms. Your contractions will go with change in position if you have false alarms. True ones continue to pain irrespective of your positions.